at large: futurist

September 20, 2017

I happened to catch the beginning of a TV show. The host introduced himself as a Futurist. Is it like he is from the future? He is like Doctor Who, or Marty McFly of Back to the Future? Tell us what the future holds! He must also be the winner of that billion dollar lottery, not long ago.

May be he is trying to say he embraces the future. Isn’t it just as important, perhaps even more important, to embrace the past? After all, if you don’t learn from the past, you might just repeat it. Ah, the Pastists !

And those who just want to live for the present, are called the Presentists, the Todayists ? How about the Nowists?

Just because you invent a term and call yourself that, doesn’t mean it makes a lick of sense, or people know what the heck you are talking about. Hey, Mr. Futurist, language is for communication. If you are the only one who knows what that language means, then by definition, there is no communication. Is that what your vision of the future hold?


{sf} munch @ sfmoma

September 19, 2017

The best part about going to the free educators event at SF MOMA recently was the fact that we were also allowed access into the Edvard Munch special exhibit! I’ve seen banners and posters up all around the City for this special exhibit so I was pretty excited to see it. I just loved how they brought so many paintings in from Norway (even though they all seemed to be behind glass) and we were able to see so many paintings by one artist in multiple giant rooms. Who knew this dude was so depressing, seriously!

A Munch-ing photo adventure:

{sf} educators free @ sfmoma

September 18, 2017

A couple of weekends ago, I reaped the benefits of being an educator in San Francisco. SF Museum of Modern Art occasionally has special events that are free for educators. One of these is opening the museum up free to educators. I always love this annual event because museums are so expensive these days, but who wouldn’t want to go to MOMA if they had the opportunity. While not everything changes and they do have a few standing exhibits, quite a few pieces and exhibits are changed out regularly so even though walking around I did recognize quite a few pieces, I was glad that so much had changed from the beginning of last school year. The two best things that didn’t exactly come out of this visit, but are related is that my class will be going on a field trip to SF MOMA in January AND they are trying a new partnership with San Francisco Unified School District where educators can get a free educator pass to go to the museum at any time. Whoa! Let me tell you, I signed up for this real fast!

A free and artsy photo adventure:

{sf} viet fusion @ mau, part 2

September 17, 2017

I’ve been in Mau before. In fact, I really enjoy eating at Mau so sometimes on special occasions, I’ll have the chance to visit. The worst part abou Mau is the parking around the Mission (if you happen to be driving). The best part about it is the food! Recently I’ve found that I really enjoy tamarind so we decided to order the Tamarind Prawns. They accidentally brought us out the Gulf Prawns Claypot, too, though so that was an added bonus! Of course, the Chả Cả Lá Vọng was as delicious and refreshing as it always is with its turmeric catfish, dill, bean sprouts, cucumber, pickled veg, fresh herbs, peanuts, vermicelli, lettuce, and shrimp-paste sauce! Yum!

Gulf Prawns Claypot

Tamarind Prawns

I’ve been to Alamo Square’s Saffron Grill before. In fact, the first time was exactly two years ago today. My sister was in town for a wedding last week and we decided to gobble up some Indian food while she was here. Saffron Grill is always a good option because it’s close to where I live and it’s rated highly by its patrons, including me. I particularly like the starter they give everyone. We started with a combo appetizer plate and then shared one of the specials of the day: Okra Curry. Yum! I just love Okra, though I do wish they had stewed theirs just a bit longer this time.


Appetizer plate

Garlic Naan

Special: Okra Curry